The emptiest of suits

There have been few empty suits as empty as Thom Tillis. Sure, we have a lot of politicians who want to be something more than they want to do something. But few get so far standing for so little as Thom Tillis.  Yesterday, when Tillis was asked whether he...
A changing of the guard in Raleigh

A changing of the guard in Raleigh

I don’t usually write about local politics, but the election last night in Raleigh may shift the leadership of the city for the next decade or so. An Old Guard that has been in power for most of the past two decades is out and a younger, more urban-minded council is...

A poll highlights Tillis’ dilemma

A poll highlights Tillis’ dilemma

A poll out today shows how quickly public sentiment is moving against Donald Trump. According to the Washington Post survey, a solid majority of Americans support the impeachment proceedings and a plurality believe he should be removed from office. The poll shows...

Grifters and their marks

Grifters and their marks

A New Yorker article says North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows (R-11) was involved in a land deal to purchase fossil-rich land at a place called Dinosaur, Colorado. Meadows failed to mention the deal in his financial disclosure statements, a violation of campaign...

Cracks in the GOP’s rural firewall?

Cracks in the GOP’s rural firewall?

Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger has insisted that Medicaid expansion is not an option in North Carolina. It’s an ideological viewpoint that leaves some of the state’s working poor without adequate access to health care. It also disproportionally hurts the rural...

Berger rebukes Moore

Berger rebukes Moore

Phil Berger announced he would not call a veto override vote without at least 24 hours’ notice. He says, “There should be no question that should the budget override vote come up, that every member of the Senate has been told publicly that they have a choice to...

Gerlach caught dancing, if you want to call it that

Gerlach caught dancing, if you want to call it that

They caught him red handed. The video leaves no doubt about it. Interim East Carolina Chancellor Dan Gerlach got caught trying to dance. Those moves were virtually criminal. He made Steve Martin in “The Jerk” look like Fred Astair.  But that wasn’t the end of it....

A defining week

A defining week

What a week last week was. Say that five times in a row. You might as well get used to it. We’ll be saying it a lot heading into 2020.  On the national scene, Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s admission that he asked a foreign government to...

The GOP folly at the BOG

The GOP folly at the BOG

UNC Board of Governor’s Chair Harry Smith is stepping down next week, continuing the revolving door at the UNC system that’s left the university in a constant state of flux. His resignation reflects the utter failure of the GOP to manage the state’s Crown Jewel and...

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